Why is it that some people store their body-fat around their middle while others store it on their thunder thighs and their bodacious bottoms?.
If you struggle with your weight, your doctor has probably told you that your genetics predisposes you to be either an “apple” or a “pear” when it comes to your body-fat distribution.
Generally speaking, women typically collect fat in their hips and buttocks, giving their figures a “pear” shape. In medical terms, this fat distribution pattern is referred to as gynecoid.
Men, on the other hand, usually collect fat around the belly, giving them more of an “apple” shape. In medical terms, this fat distribution pattern is referred to as android.
Keep in mind, this is not an absolute. Some men are pear-shaped and some women are apple-shaped.
To put it bluntly, apple-shaped people are more likely to develop many of the health problems associated with obesity. They are at increased health risk because of their fat distribution.
For a more thorough discussion of the health implications of being an apple or a pear, check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it.
On all of your fat cells, you have hormone receptors which are designed to accept specific types of hormones.
When it comes to weight loss and your fat cells, we are concerned with the adrenoreceptors designed to accept adrenaline and noradrenaline. (To complicate things further, some scientists call adrenaline – epinephrine and nor adrenaline – nor epinephrine).
Think of the receptor as a lock and the hormone as a key.
Of all of the different types of hormone receptors, fat cells have only two – Alpha 2 (A2) and Beta 1 (B1).
(Adrenaline could also set off this procedure, but your body-fat lacks the major arteries and veins that adrenaline needs to travel in – sorry)
On the other hand, your A2 receptors are the bad guys. Their job is not only to keep fat inside the cell, but to encourage the formation of new fat into the cell. As a special bonus, they decrease the body’s generation of noradrenaline.
Even worse, when you go on a low calorie diet, you are increasing the number of A2 receptors.
Doesn’t sound good does it?
But this still doesn’t answer why my love handles / butt / thunder thighs are fatter than the rest of my body. Hopefully, this will make things clearer….
This means that a typical yo-yo dieter is actually making their problem areas much more stubborn every time he/she jumps on and off the diet bandwagon.
In the meantime, be aware that lots and lots of lab coat wearing scientists are working night and day to discover the perfect A2 receptor antagonist – that perfect pill that will block the Noradrenaline key from fitting into the A2 receptor lock.
And when they do, you can go back to eating cheesecake.